June 20, 2017
Family holidays can be stressful at the best of times – there are additional little people to worry about, plenty of luggage, and always a last-minute scramble to make sure everyone has their passports before the house is locked up. But by far the most nerve-wracking family holiday you can ever go on is the first one – with a newborn or very young baby.
When travelling with a baby, it’s always best to avoid long-haul travel to far-flung destinations, no matter how luxurious and sunkissed they may seem in the brochures. So we’ve put together a list of top destinations for your first family holiday, with some wonderful spots in the UK and some just a short-haul flight away. Enjoy!
Parts of Devon are so beautiful (and sunny) that it can often feel like you’re abroad – but in reality, this wonderful picturesque location is just a few hours’ drive away. As well as the stunning golden beaches, where your little one is sure to spend many hours building sandcastles or enjoying the sea for the first time, Devon is packed with family-friendly attractions, from Pennywell Farm to the largest aquarium in the UK.
Best of all, you don’t need to navigate a stressful airport with a young baby or toddler!
When you hear the word ‘Ibiza’, you might think of all-night raves and endless parties at world-famous clubs – but the beautiful Spanish island has much more to offer than just nightlife. The Holy Mama yoga retreat is a prime example. This wonderful place has been designed specifically for new mums and their young children. Each morning will involve yoga for mums, while babies spend time with qualified Montessori-qualified carers and nurses. After a healthy lunch, families are reunited and can spend their time by a saltwater pool or
Each morning will involve yoga for mums, while babies spend time with qualified Montessori-qualified carers and nurses. After a healthy lunch, families are reunited and can spend their time by a saltwater pool or explore the island. A must for mothers seeking some relaxing downtime.
Majorca is another fabulous Spanish destination that’s ideal for young children – especially the area of Port de Soller in the north-west. This is also a great choice for parents trying to stay active – you can hike and cycle to your heart’s content here, just make sure you bring a baby sling or a child’s seat for your bike! If relaxing is more your bag, Soller is home to the only sandy beach on the western side of Majorca, and there are a multitude of spa hotels that are very family-friendly.
If you’d prefer to soak up some culture over heading for the beach, Amsterdam is a great family-friendly destination. The Tropenmuseum is home to an array of interactive and immersive exhibits that are great for young children and toddlers, and there are a huge number of ‘children’s farms’ (petting zoos) in public parks all over the city. You can also reach Amsterdam in less than an hour on a plane, plus your little ones will love tasting their first Dutch pancakes!
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